The Early Years
(12 Jul 1921 -
27 Jan 1942)
Army Air Forces
(28 Jan 1942 -
1 Aug 1943)
(2 Aug 1943 -
31 Jul 2006)
(1 Aug 2006 -
Official MOH Citations:
US Air Force
Medal of Honor Society
2nd Lt. Lloyd Herbert "Pete"
(12 Jul 1921 - 1 Aug 1943)
WAS FIRST AGGIE TO WIN MEDAL OF HONOR
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., March 6. - 2nd. Lt. Lloyd H. Hughes of
Corpus Christi, Tex., and San Antonio, who lost his life Aug. 1, 1943, when he
flew a bomber in the Ploesti, Rumania oil field raid, was, as far can be
learned, the first Texas A. & M. College ex-student to win the Congressional
Medal of Honor.
Hughes attended A. & M. as a freshman for two semesters. He was
one of the Aggies who quit school to enter the armed services the day after
Pearl Harbor raid [sic].
The war department announced March 4, that Hughes has been
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. A citation stated that although the
lieutenant's plane was ablaze, he chose to drop his load of bombs on the target
rather than try a forced landing.
Correction: Pete resigned from Texas A&M College on 3 Dec 1941, four days before the
Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
Note: Pete was the first of
Texas Aggies to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.
Source: Personal papers. Newspaper
article from Page 4 of the San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA, dated
Tuesday Morning, 7 Mar 1944.
Created: July 17, 2008